The Temptations Biography

From My Girl to Papa Was A Rolling Stone


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The Temptations

The Temptations

Starting out in 1960, formed out of two rival Detroit vocal groups, Otis Williams, Elbridge Al Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, and Paul Williams formed what was to became The Temptations.

Together, they became a remarkably successful vocal group that sold millions of albums, predominantly on the Motown label in the 60s and 70s.

Since the start, the group has had another 19 members as they simply refused to give up touring and recording. Their latest album was released as late as 2018, making them a band with almost six decades of legacy.

Being backed by Motown meant they worked closely with Smokey Robinson, the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team as well as Barrett Strong and Norman Whitfield.

Together they would come to produce a string of legendary hit tunes, including ‘My Girl’, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, ‘Get Ready’ and Ain’t Too Proud To Beg’.

The secret to The Temptations success can be found in their willingness to adapt to new musical styles and the constant flow of new members keeping them going, decade after decade. Otis Williams, a founding member is still active in the band and holds all the rights to the Temptations name.

Two main eras emerge that can be represented by two songs, ‘My Girl’ is the early 60s sound of Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson.

In the 70s, The Temptations went for a more psychedelic soul sound in ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, written by Barrett Strong and produced by Norman Whitfield.

The Temptations received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, fully deserved!

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Get Ready – Guitar Lesson

‘Get Ready’ is a song that moves from a repetitive Minor Pentatonic verse riff to a simple four-chord chorus progression.

In the course, we’ll first play the chorus chords all over the neck before I show you how to construct your own chorus part.

When the solo comes along we take the original sax and string ideas and put them on the guitar.

Finally, you get to play the entire song with a live band!

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Get Ready – Lyrics

I never met a girl who makes me feel the way that you do (you’re alright)
Whenever I’m asked who makes my dreams real I say that you do (you’re outta sight)
So fee di fi, fo di dum. Look out baby ’cause here I come
And I’m bringing you a love that’s true so get ready, so get ready
I’m gonna try to make you love me too so get ready, so get ready, here I come

For complete lyrics, go to Get Ready lyrics.

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